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Cracking Open the Apple MacBook Air (2011 13-inch)

Cracking Open the Apple MacBook Air (2011 13-inch): Box

The 2011 MacBook Air is available in four basic configurations--11-inch with 64GB of storage, 11-inch with 128GB of storage, 13-inch with 128GB of storage, and 13-inch with 256GB of storage. Within each of these divisions, you can further customize the processor and RAM.

Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
Caption by: Bill Detwiler

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

3 comments
fbg002
fbg002

Thanks for this disassembly. Very cool. I am trying to assess damage to a macbook air motherboard (2011 13" model) after a spill. I need a closer view of the back of the board (especially towards the top, to the right of center, below the notch-like space along the top edge). None of your closeups seem to show exactly that area. Would you be able to provide a more detailed view? Thanks.

sirhandel
sirhandel

Hi Bill Nice disassembly. Did you reassemble and did it work OK? Looks like the battery is relatively easy to replace. sirhandel

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler moderator

Reassembling the Air took about 10 minutes, and it work perfectly afterwards. Many internal components, including the battery, can be easily replaced. The most difficult part of the process is removing the bottom cover's pentalobe screws. I was able to remove the screws with a small flat-head screwdriver, but I recommend getting a special pentalobe screw driver from an online reseller.